Bernd and Hilla Becher have vastly influenced the international photography within the past decades. Their unique genre of photography has to be classified between topological documentation and art, lining up with the aesthetics of the Neue Sachlichkeit movement of the 1920s with Karl Blossfeldt, August Sander and Albert Renger-Patzsch. The cycle of publications of photography by Bernd and Hilla Becher, documenting the monuments of industrial culture worldwide, continues with Coal Mine Hannibal. The Hannibal coal mine in Bochum-Hofstede was shut down on March 31, 1973. A few days later, Bernd and Hilla Becher started their extensive documentation of the colliery demolished in 1974. 85 images divided into 19 subject groups scan not only the mine as a whole from different angles but each architectural part of the complex industrial plant — from the winding tower to the wash house, from the preparation plant to the workshop and sawdust silos.
Schirmer/Mosel. English/German edition.